Medical Conditions in Schools

How Medical Conditions and Allergies Affect the Nation

Health Survey – Our Findings Revealed

Thank you to everyone who completed our health survey. We’ve now reached our magic 500 entries and can reveal our results.

One of the most interesting statistics we discovered was that over 55% of people feel children in the UK are not adequately supported in schools. We’ll be interviewing parents and teachers to get their take on this – if you’d like to share your experience please get in touch.

Diabetes leads the way as the most common medical condition, while most participants with an allergy are allergic to medication. In fact over half of people who completed the survey have at least one allergy, suggesting they’re a lot more common than 20 – 30 years ago when allergies were a rarity.

Why do you think allergies are on the increase?

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Gender

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We had a relatively even number of men and women completing the survey, revealing that both genders care about how people with medical conditions/allergies are supported.

Age

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The majority of people were aged 61-70, suggesting that older generations have more concerns and opinions about how they are supported.

Region

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Participants came from all over the UK, but the South East led the way as the region who has the most opinions about medical conditions and allergies.

Employment Status

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As the majority of people were aged 61 – 70, most were retired.

Medical Conditions

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Diabetes was the most common medical condition with over 36% of people confirming they’ve been diagnosed. According to Diabetes UK, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is expected to rise from 3.2 million to over five million by 2025.

So why is diabetes so common? We’ll be looking more into this – keep an eye on our blog for interviews with our customers and industry experts.

Allergies

allergies

Over half of people who completed the survey have at least one allergy and prescription drug allergies are the most common with over 24% of participants.

How Conditions and Allergies Affect Everyday Life

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24% of participants feel their condition/allergy significantly effects their everyday life.

Genetic Medical Conditions and Allergies

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It’s a well-known fact that certain medical conditions and allergies have genetic links. But our survey has revealed that over 66% of people do not have anyone else in their family with the same condition or allergy.

This suggests that factors like the foods we eat and our lifestyle are just as strong a cause of getting a condition as genetic impact.

Support for People with Medical Conditions and Allergies

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When asked to grade the support they have received, it was hospitals who scored highly with 29% of participants rating their hospital as excellent.

Over 70% of people deemed their local council to be ‘non-applicable’ for this question, perhaps revealing the support they’ve received from local government has been non-existent.

Helpful Support Groups and Charities

helpful support groups and charities

Lots of you revealed support groups and charity resources that have helped you.

Anaphylaxis Campaign received the highest number of mentions as being the best allergy resource, while Diabetes UK was also praised and was the only diabetes charity/support group mentioned.

However, approximately 32% of people revealed they’ve not yet found a charity or support group that has helped them.

Helpful Non-Prescription Products and Services

helpful non-prescription products

65% of people felt there were no non-prescription medicines or services that they’ve found useful.

How Medical Conditions Affect Activities

Age

affect on activities

40% of people said their condition affects their outdoor mobility, closely followed by eating out with 30% of people.

Medical Condition/Allergy and Major Life Decisions

affect on major life decisions

25% of people feel their medical condition or allergy affects how they make major life decisions. This suggests that when it comes to buying a house, having children or choosing a career, our health plays a part in these important life decisions.

Taking Medication and Everyday Life

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24% of people feel that taking medication only moderately effects their everyday life, revealing that this isn’t a major concern for most people.

Medical Emergencies

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Have you ever had a medical emergency as a result of your condition or allergy?

According to our survey, around 47% people have, while 47% haven’t (5% of entrants deemed this question to be non-applicable).

How Children with Medical Conditions/Allergies are Supported in Schools

children supported in school

Over 55% of people feel that children with medical conditions and allergies are not adequately supported in school, revealing that many schools across the country could be doing more to help their pupils.

Negative Experiences

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Positive Experiences

positive experiences

Over 34% of participants said their condition or allergy has resulted in a negative experience, while only 22% of participants could think of a positive experience they’d had.

This reveals the challenges people face and suggests there is a lot of negativity around medical conditions when people are often referred to as ‘sufferers’.

Advice and Tips to Share

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34% of people have offered their tips and advice to help other people with similar medical conditions and allergies.

We’ve included our most interesting responses below.

  • Enjoy life. What you cannot change, don’t worry about, and what you can change, make a difference (Sam).
  • Always wear your medic alert, you may be in a situation where you cannot speak for yourself (Julie).
  • Get in touch with your local support group, they truly understand what you are going through and can give emotional support (Jessica).
  • Think positive. Your life has changed; accept it for what it now is; Most of all, remember those who care for you (either medical or family) and remain positive with them (John).
  • Be positive and always push yourself to achieve more. You can always achieve far more than you think (Brian).
  • Don’t feel sorry for yourself, try to live as normal a life as possible, and be happy and kind when around people, and SMILE (June).
  • Live life to the full but be aware that life is short. Never be embarrassed about having a medical condition – make the most of what you have. Find some peace of mind by wearing a medical ID band (Louise).
  • Live every day to the fullest (Julie).
  • To get to the rainbow, you’ve got to go through the rain! Make sure you always wear your medical ID bracelet/necklace or carry your medical ID card with you at all times because the one time I didn’t, I nearly died (Jenny).

If you’d like to tell us your story and feature on our blog to raise awareness and help people with medical conditions and allergies, please email our friendly team today.